Potential of Biosensors as Indicators of Safe Behavior in Construction Sites

Özel, Bekir Enes
Pekeriçli, Mehmet Koray
Maintaining the safe behavior of construction workers is one of the major aspects of safety management in the AEC industry. Unsafe behavior in hazardous places like construction sites could lead to severe consequences. Meanwhile, measuring and controlling safe behavior is an ambiguous task. Unsafe behavior can have various reasons. It is a very complex issue that includes many hard-to-measure variables. Yet still, most of the time, understanding and analyzing these reasons are done merely based on the insight of the safety managers and statements of the workers. This paper investigates the potential of psychophysiological information gathered via biosensors to be used in safety management in the AEC industry. Two types of biosensor systems, electroencephalogram sensors (EEG), and electrodermal activity sensors (EDA), are reviewed. Basic information about the sensor systems is provided. The biological mechanisms behind the psychophysiological reactions that the sensors measure are briefly explained. The sensors are examined in terms of usefulness of the information they provide, invasiveness, and affordability. The opportunities they could provide to the academia and the industry, and the challenges they pose are discussed. Suggestions are made for utilization of the potentials and coping with the challenges.
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B. E. Özel and M. K. Pekeriçli, “Potential of Biosensors as Indicators of Safe Behavior in Construction Sites,” İstanbul, Türkiye, 2020, p. 464, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: http://ipcmc2020.itu.edu.tr/conference/proceedings.